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Saskatchewan Roughriders get Jalon Edwards-Cooper, re-sign one more

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have double-dipped in the defensive back market, bringing in American Jalon Edwards-Cooper from the B.C. Lions and re-signing Canadian Godfrey Onyeka.

Edwards-Cooper and Riderville agreed to terms on a reported one year deal worth $128,000, making him one of the highest paid defensive backs in the CFL. The 26-year-old recorded 80 tackles overall, snagged three interceptions, and forced one fumble during his three-year tenure on the west coast.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback will fill one of the biggest holes left on the Green and White. Edwards-Cooper will presumably play across from Trumaine Washington on the corner, while the re-signings of Rolan Milligan Jr. and Amari Henderson addressed the half-backs.

The Riders also announced the re-signing of versatile defensive-back Godfrey Onyeka.

Like Edwards-Cooper, the 29-year-old Onyeka signed a one year deal tying him to the 306 through the 2024 season.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cover man was limited to just four games last season due to a torn pectoral muscle, and only played in two games in 2022 thanks to a shoulder injury. He’s accumulated five tackles in those games.

The swiss army knife has seen time at cornerback, half-back, safety, and even strong-side linebacker over his time in the CFL. Primarily contributing on special teams, Onyeka adds versatility and depth with a national passport.

The cousin of fellow Roughrider Kosi Onyeka, was exceptional during his time at Wilfrid Laurier where he was a three-time first-team Usports all-canadian and a three-time OUA all-star.

The Edwards-Cooper singing isn’t official until Feb. 13, the beginning of CFL free agency.

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